First up we transport Tetris from TV to tabletop in BRIKKS
Next we dive deep below the surface to create and nurture wondrous and terrifying creatures in Oceans
And lastly we desperately try to dress up a word salad in You’ve Been Sentenced!

Brikks

Designed by: Wolfgang Warsch
Published by:
Schmidt Spiele & Stronghold Games (2018)
Players:
1 – 4
Ages:
8 & up
Playing time:
30 min

In Brikks, players immerse themselves into the world of game consoles by matching Brikks blocks on their game sheet. 

A dice roll decides which block the players must place, this block “falls” on the field from top to bottom.  Players can move the blocks to the left or the right, and rotate blocks by spending energy points. 

Complete rows and collect the most points to win!

Oceans

Designed by: Nick Bentley, Dominic Crapuchettes, Ben Goldman, Brian O’Neill
Published by:
North Star Games (2020)
Players:
2 – 4 (up to 6 players in the Deluxe Edition)
Ages:
12 & up
Playing time:
60 – 90 min

In Oceans, players enter a vast, underwater cosmos of sharp teeth, glowing eyes, and black ink, where your survival depends on your ability to adapt to the unknown.

Each player’s turn has 4 phases:
– Playing a card to evolve a species or migrate population
– Feed ONE of your species
– Age ALL of your species, removing one population to your score pile.
– And Draw back up to a hand of 6 cards.

Dwindling population will trigger the Cambrian Explosion and other events challenging players to thrive in an ever-changing ecosystem where food is scarce and predators lurk. 

The game ends when the Ocean runs out of population.  The players with the most population they accumulated over the course of the game wins!

You’ve Been Sentenced!

Designed by: Paul Edward Cooper, Donald McNeill
Published by:
McNeill Designs (2005)
Players:
3 – 10
Ages:
8 & up
Playing time:
30 min

In You’ve been Sentenced!, players use their hand of 10 pentagon-shaped cards with conjugations of funny words, famous names, and familiar places to build a grammatically correct sentence.

Each round, players race to complete sentences while also trying to score the most points. Sentences also have to be justifiable in meaning, encouraging both creativity and common sense.

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